Showing posts from October, 2012

Art exhibit at Rick & Ann's

These and more will be up and for sale at Rick & Ann's restaurant in Berkeley, Ca. October 30th - Dec.9, 2012 I'll be there for breakfast from  10 am -12 noon   Sunday November 4th. Come join me, I'd love to see you!

Inspiration: Ruth Asawa

Here's the last woman artist I'm writing up for my thesis. Aren't these two photos gorgeous? They were taken by Imogene Cunningham. Ruth Asawa was born in 1926 in southern California. Her parents were Japanese immigrant farmers, but due to the laws of the time, not allowed to own land or become US citizens.
When Ruth was 16, in 1942, her father was arrested by the FBI, and taken away for six years. Ruth, her mother and siblings were sent to an interment camp, first at Santa Ana racetrack, where they lived in horse stables. Later they were moved to a camp in Arkansas. Ruth finished high school there, and was taught by many artists also interned.
After the war, she studied to become an art teacher in Wisconsin.  To graduate she needed to complete student teaching, but couldn't get a position in a school, due to her Japanese heritage in the postwar era. She decided to go to Black Mountain College instead.
At Black Mountain College, she studied with Merce Cunningham, J…

Let's Go Shopping!

I am not a big shopper. I like to get in and out and be done. However, there are some stores I do like to browse in: Bookstores,  farmer's markets, shoe stores, plant nurseries, and any kind of art supply stores: fabric, yarn, 'notions', old-fashioned hardware stores. Anthropologie, for the colors, the patterns, clever displays!  (but way too expensive).
But my favorite is the once a year White Elephant Sale sponsored by the Oakland Museum, so big it has departments: clothing, shoes, art, housewares, furniture, books. A great big treasure hunt, all during the month of February. I usually go 3 or 4 times.
Where do you like to shop? 
 To counter all the materialism above, here's a film that looks great: 

And this miniseries on PBS, started last week. If you haven't seen it yet, check it out. We were on the edge of our seats, alternately laughing or in tears last night. 

Another Show...

this time atRick & Ann's They make the best breakfasts around!  (gingerbread waffles, anyone?) October 30 - Dec. 10. 2012 2922 Domingo St. Berkeley, CA